PDH and Active Health Portland Encourage Indigenous Health Careers

Monday, 17 March 2014
Active Health Portland and Portland District Health hope the appointment of their first Indigenous school-based apprentice will lead to more interest in health careers within the Koori community.

Portland Secondary College Year 12 student Jacinta Rose is doing her school-based apprenticeship at Active Health Portland and has her sights set on a career as a nurse.

Jacinta said she was enjoying the work and learning a lot.

The apprenticeship came about from Jacinta's initiative.

I had heard at school that there might be an opportunity at Active Health Portland so I went in and asked, she said.

Jacinta, 17, works at Active Health Portland on Thursday each week, performing mainly reception duties.

Everyone is good to work with and they are always happy to teach me things.

The placement has inspired Jacinta to consider a long-term career in health.I'm looking at options but at this stage I hope to do nursing,she said.

I think it would be good for more Indigenous people to work in health,she added.

Acting practice manager Heather Kraus said Jacinta was doing well and eager to learn about the practice.

Jacinta shows a lot of promise and works very well with people. She would be well suited to a career in the health field,Ms Kraus said.

At the recent signing of the `close the Gap’ statement of intent, PDH CEO Chris Giles said encouraging more Indigenous people into health careers was an important way to improve health outcomes and life expectancy rates for Koori people.

PDH is committed to making sure Indigenous people feel safe and comfortable and receive a range of services and good care to meet their needs in every facet of our operations,Ms Giles said.

One of the keys to achieving that is to encourage more young Indigenous people to consider careers in health.

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